The first time I saw an object created with Lion Brand's LB Collection Wool Stainless Steel yarn I wanted to give the yarn a try. The 25% stainless steel gave it memory. When given a pinch, it held its new position. The 75% wool made it comfortable against the skin. It was lace weight and came on cones. I had to try it on my Passap knitting machine.
Using a single end or using two ends, the yarn knitted easily with each rib stitch pattern I tried. I decided to go with the single end of yarn since the stitch formation was so good and the fabric so light.
Cautiously, I tried a few racked stitch patterns. No. It was too delicate to reliably withstand the pull to the side when using just a single end. This was not a problem. I had already decided on a stitch pattern I liked and on the garment I would knit.
|With such a radical yarn, I was inspired to use a radical cast on. The pseudo "live" loops won't unravel -- just looks that way.|
|My stitch pattern alternates a band of stockinette with a tucked rib. It creates a natural scalloped edge. Clicking on this photo will show an enlarged version, where you can see the stainless steel reflecting the light.|
|Here's the completed garment. The crinkles are made by simply scrunching the fabric. Great yarn, fun project!|